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Marquez beats Dovizioso for pole in Austria

Honda beats favored Ducati
Saturday, August 12, 2017


Marquez charges to pole
Marquez charges to pole

Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) blasted out the blocks to pole position at the NeroGiardini Motorrad Grand Prix von Osterreich, carrying forward his earlier pace on Saturday to stake a claim on victory at the Red Bull Ring. Expected key frontrunners Ducati were in close company, however, with Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) taking second on his final lap and teammate Jorge Lorenzo completing the front row as Spielberg once again proved a happy hunting ground for the Borgo Panigale factory.

Despite fears about the weather, there was no rain on Saturday and good conditions for heading round the track with the highest average speed of the year and some of the most beautiful scenery - meaning there was plenty of track time to make use of throughout the day as the grid get ready for 28 laps on Sunday.

Staring down those 28 laps from the head of the second row is Maverick Vinales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), as he hopes to take an important podium finish for the Championship fight. The rider from Roses lines up ahead of a late charge from Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing) to take fifth after the Italian moved through from Q1, with Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) completing the second row as the French rookie looks to get back in the fight at the front.

Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) moved back up the order after a tough Friday to take seventh, just 0.003 ahead of Q1 graduate Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) on a high-profile Row 3. Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda), after having a fast lap disallowed for exceeding track limits, completes that third row.

Team Suzuki Ecstar's Andrea Iannone, winner of his first ever premier class race at the Red Bull Ring last season, is P10 on the grid after finding some pace on Saturday morning and bouncing back from a mechanical problem - with Karel Abraham (Pull&Bear Aspar Team) and Loris Baz (Reale Avintia Racing) completing the top twelve after Q2.

Jonas Folger (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) is thirteenth on the grid after just missing out on graduation to Q2, ahead of Hector Barbera (Reale Avintia Racing) and Scott Redding (Octo Pramac Racing), who locks out the fastest fifteen.

Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) was impressive once again for KTM, taking P16 at their first ever home race and only a few tenths off moving through to Q2 as the Bulls continue their charge.

Sunday is race day, and after Warm Up in the morning, the engines fire up at 14:00 (GMT +2) for the Austrian GP. 

Marc Marquez

Marquez talks to his engineer
Marquez talks to his engineer
Pole Position 1'23.235

I'm very, very happy with his pole because here it's very important for the first corner, and because so far we've done much better than last year. We've really taken a good step forward with the bike; we already had a good engine, but we were struggling with some wheelying. We worked a lot on this aspect and now I feel much more comfortable with my bike. We also prepared very well for this race. During the Monday post-race test in Brno, we tried many different configurations focused on this track, and that allowed us to start with a good base even on Friday morning. So at the moment it looks like our pace is very good, but as always, it's the race that counts. We'll try to give everything again, but it will be very important to choose the right rear tyre. Today we worked with the soft and hard rears, so we'll probably try the medium in tomorrow's warm-up and then make our choice.

Qualifying Results

193Marc MARQUEZSPARepsol Honda TeamHONDAQ21'23.2350.0000.000
24Andrea DOVIZIOSOITADucati TeamDUCATIQ21'23.3790.1440.144
399Jorge LORENZOSPADucati TeamDUCATIQ21'23.6210.3860.242
425Maverick VINALESSPAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYAMAHAQ21'23.7540.5190.133
59Danilo PETRUCCIITAOCTO Pramac RacingDUCATIQ21'23.7800.5450.026
65Johann ZARCOFRAMonster Yamaha Tech 3YAMAHAQ21'23.8790.6440.099
746Valentino ROSSIITAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYAMAHAQ21'23.9820.7470.103
826Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHONDAQ21'23.9850.7500.003
935Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRLCR HondaHONDAQ21'24.0240.7890.039
1029Andrea IANNONEITATeam SUZUKI ECSTARSUZUKIQ21'24.1850.9500.161
1117Karel ABRAHAMCZEPull&Bear Aspar TeamDUCATIQ21'24.2200.9850.035
1276Loris BAZFRAReale Avintia RacingDUCATIQ21'24.4831.2480.263
1394Jonas FOLGERGERMonster Yamaha Tech 3YAMAHAQ11'24.015(*) 0.261 
148Hector BARBERASPAReale Avintia RacingDUCATIQ11'24.036(*) 0.2820.021
1545Scott REDDINGGBROCTO Pramac RacingDUCATIQ11'24.037(*) 0.2830.001
1644Pol ESPARGAROSPARed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTMQ11'24.101(*) 0.3470.064
1719Alvaro BAUTISTASPAPull&Bear Aspar TeamDUCATIQ11'24.202(*) 0.4480.101
1836Mika KALLIOFINRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTMQ11'24.261(*) 0.5070.059
1943Jack MILLERAUSEG 0,0 Marc VDSHONDAQ11'24.321(*) 0.5670.060
2041Aleix ESPARGAROSPAAprilia Racing Team GresiniAPRILIAQ11'24.447(*) 0.6930.126
2142Alex RINSSPATeam SUZUKI ECSTARSUZUKIQ11'24.448(*) 0.6940.001
2238Bradley SMITHGBRRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTMQ11'24.530(*) 0.7760.082
2322Sam LOWESGBRAprilia Racing Team GresiniAPRILIAQ11'24.852(*) 1.0980.322
2453Tito RABATSPAEG 0,0 Marc VDSHONDAQ11'24.900(*) 1.1460.048

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